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#12-15-2012 - ComFish News Roundup

Bering Pacific Seafoods to expand
December 14th 2:02 pm | Hannah Heimbuc
A recent expansion at Bering Pacific Seafoods in False Pass is aiming to double the plant's workforce and significantly boost its processing and storage capacity. "One of the expansion areas is the cold storage," said shoreside operations general manager Ken Smith. "We had a cold storage that would hold approximately 160,000 lbs now with the new expansion we're going to have about a million pounds capacity." Smith, originally from False Pass, is expecting the expansion to translate into an economic and population boost for the small Aleutian community. Chief Operating Officer John Sevier agrees. BPS is owned and operated by the Aleutian Pribilof Island Community Development Association (APICDA), which....

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Dec 13, 2012 - 02:43 PM AKST
Fiscal cliff debate threatens ASMI int’l marketing budget
Congressional spending cuts could smack the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute with a 40 percent reduction in future federal “Market Access Program” grants that provided more than half of the current year’s $8.58 million international promotional budget. “The ‘Farm Bill,’ especially the MAP program, is in the bull’s eye, period. There is no doubt about that,” warned Naresh Shrestha, ASMI’s chief financial officer, during the institute’s “all hands” meeting in Seattle, Nov. 28 to 30. The ASMI board also gave its new executive director, Mike Cerne, his first major project with directions to bring recommendations for revision of its strategic plan to its next meeting, May 7 to 8 in Anchorage. Cerne replaced Ray Riutta, who retired after....

Coast Guard Studies St. George as Possible Port of Refuge
By Stephanie Joyce
Friday, December 14 2012
A provision in the recently passed Coast Guard Reauthorization Bill hones in on the strategic importance of the Pribilof island of St. George. The community’s harbor is the only one in the Bering Sea that’s ice-free year-round, and with vessel traffic increasing in....

Bristol Bay Fishermen Discuss Area M Proposals
The Alaska Board of Fisheries wrapped up their Bristol Bay meeting last Tuesday. During that meeting the Board heard comments about 3 proposals that will be taken up next year during the Area M meeting in Anchorage. KDLG's Mike Mason has the story. (6:55)....

Governor's Budget Includes Unalaska Projects
By Stephanie Joyce
Friday, December 14 2012
Governor Sean Parnell released his proposed capital budget for fiscal year 2014 Friday, and two of Unalaska’s projects made it onto the list. Gov. Parnell recommended $6 million for Unalaska’s water and wastewater treatment facilities, both of which need upgrading by the end of 2014. Mayor Shirley Marquardt says she’s very pleased....

Account of blue whale, tuna catches on Kasilof River get state troopers' ire
Craig Medred | Dec 12, 2012
Poor, 21-year-old fishing guide Matthew Terry has just made the unfortunate discovery that authorities in Alaska have no sense of humor. A resident of Tuscaloosa, Ala., the young Terry did some guiding on the Kenai Peninsula's Kasilof River this summer for Reubin Payne of Alaskan Widespread Fishing are required to fill out logbooks to track their catch. Terry, according to Alaska Wildlife Troopers, jokingly reported "he had....